Following a very inspirational trip to Wilmington (seriously–wrote two sets of song lyrics on the drive), with a quick stop in Virginia, we made it to L’argo, Maryland. We checked in to the hotel, got situated, and I went down to the pool, desperate to move my muscles in some form.
After swimming 210 laps, I decided to give the gym a go…in ballet flats, because I’d completely left my sneakers at home. I clocked in about 30 minutes, before going back up to the room and falling asleep.
The next morning, I woke up an hour before my alarm was set to go off, went down to the gym and clocked in an hour, before heading back to the room to get showered, dressed, and ready for the day.
We all loaded into the hotel-provided shuttle at about 9:30, and went to the Metro Station. We got our day-passes, got on the train, and off we went to D.C. (And yes, yes I am immature enough to still laugh at the “Kiss & Ride” signs.)
We were deposited right in front of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History–yay! Biggest surprise of my life learning that the Smithsonian was free (all 19 museums!). This is also known as a nerd’s greatest dream (a.k.a. my greatest dream. Free museums?! Sign me up!).
Now, as previously stated, I am a total nerd. I love all things history, art, etc. I am essentially, in heaven in a museum. The Smithsonian, therefore, was like my mecca. With it’s amazing architecture, the exhibitions, and just the overall atmosphere, I was in awe. There were so many exhibitions on my greatest interests–film, radio, WWII, The Civil War, The Civil Rights Movement, etc. It was truly magic.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History–tigers, lions, and bears! Oh my!
Nerd Level: Expert. Art Level: Excellence!
President Roosevelt’s NBC microphone. Woo! Go New Deal!
The original Kermit Frog. My, what green skin you have!
“Look and Think” on a typewriter–symbolism, people! Lit nerds of the world unite!
Who doesn’t love some President Kennedy history? Watching the video on his assassination and seeing all of the memorabilia was something amazing.
A piece of the Twin Towers. I totally admit that I, like many other people looking at this display, filled up, near to tears.
Pieces of the Berlin Wall. One day, I think Berlin is where I will make a stop to see the legitimate chunks and where it once stood.
Bonnet of a baby freed from the Concentration Camps, signed by all of the soldiers involved. Totally bawled seeing this; thinking of my favorite baby and also how horrific that time was.
Original pin-ups from the war. Beautiful images, and the styles are worthy of envy!
Walking around the city was perfect for me. Living in such a rural area, I love going into the city. I was born in a city, and despite not living there long, my desperation for the occasional cross-walk and people honking at you is strong. The funniest thing for me was when we were waiting for the cross walk. I was wearing denim shorts, pink wedges, and a shirt that said, “LAST NIGHT A BLOGGER SAVED MY LIFE.” I heard a mother and daughter chatting and the daughter said, “She must be a fashion blogger. That’s why she’s dressed like that.” I had to bite my lip from laughing hysterically. Don’t get me wrong, I like fashion as much as the next person, and I love my makeup, but honestly, fashion blogger I am not, as you all know.
Anyway, back to D.C. The architecture there is truly something to marvel at…and I would have marveled a bit more had the buildings not been under so much reconstruction.
Of course we made a stop at The White House, where we witnessed a protest. Little Vietnamese woman pacing around waving an American flag and shouting, “God Bless Ah-mer-ica! God Bless President Barrack Ob-bama!” (literally how she pronounced it). My Grandad just kept looking at me and going, “I think she’s a little nuts…”
Then, of course, we decided to go into a great pub for dinner. The Old Ebbit, which was really nice, and makes an excellent veggie burger. The service was also amazing.
After that, it was time to go back to the Metro Station, back to the Metro Center, onto the shuttle, and back to the hotel!